Rape culture isn’t a novelty

For the past 15 years, sexual assault advocacy and support has been a thread that has interwoven through my life. Because of this, I frequently have a trigger reaction when I read or see something. Case in point…

This morning, I received a piece of email from an agent wanting me to book an event. I opened it and found myself speechless. The more I read it, the more angry I became. And after a few minutes, anger turned to rage.

The headline of the email reads “Put It Where You Want It” and features a photo of a young man looking into the camera with his arm wrapped around a young woman. The young woman is wearing a t-shirt with the words “Put It Where You Want It” across her chest.

It’s not okay. Nothing about this is okay.
It isn’t funny. It isn’t a clever play on words.

There’s no way a copy writer could innocently write “Put it where you want it” and not understand the sexual connotations that goes with it. This wasn’t an innocent mistake. This was done to appeal to young men. This was done maliciously, with no respect to women. 

This is a nasty tag line that says that men have the right and ability to do what they want with whomever they want.
It’s objectifying.
It’s offensive.

It’s promoting rape culture. Cutting Edge Productions is promoting rape culture.

You can  see it for yourself on their website (which I’m very hesitant to link to but will do for empirical evidence) – click this with fury.

The worst part? On their website, “Cutting Edge Productions Inc., The Leader In Novelty Entertainment” uses the following tagline:

Top Novelty Variety Events and Health and Wellness Events Available Nationally

How can a company that promotes health and wellness even start to joke about rape culture?

I asked myself if I was overreacting to this, but I’ve come to the conclusion I’m not. We all have a responsibility to promote a culture of consent, to call out rape culture and those who promote it.

I’m asking my friends who book novelty events to not do business with a company that objectifies women, mocks survivor’s experiences and creates a culture where men are encouraged to take advantage of women. I’m asking you to publicly help me tell CEP Inc. this is not okay. Forward this blog to them. Tell them why its not okay. Tell them you have more respect for women than this.

I’m asking my friends to actively create a culture of consent, understanding we each play a role in ending sexual violence.

Rape culture isn’t a novelty